Local Atmosphere

Vestal, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,795 ($7,645)
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Slightly empty boring town, but is getting better. Too many bars

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is no place more beautiful than Binghamton campus. It is surrounded my nature

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is very inactive. There isn't much available to students, and there isn't much of a local community. The surrounding small city is rather dependent on the campus for business, and is in serious need of renovation. However, there are things to do in the city and surrounding areas, so long as one is open-minded and searches for these opportunities.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Binghamton is the worst city I've ever set my foot in.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Area attractions: things to do (more if you have a car)

Safety: about a 6… could be safer

Shopping: not that great (go to Syracuse)

Local attitude toward students: most locals hate BU students and target them

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Mills Horton
Geneseo, Illinois
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
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If you are looking for a big-city atmosphere, you are not going to find it at Binghamton. "Economically depressed" is a term often associated with Binghamton, and "campus-centered" is an accurate description of many students' lifestyles. Students advise that one shouldn’t wander around certain areas of Binghamton, particularly at night. While the city does offer a smattering of cultural events, a small mall, and two minor league sports teams, finding something to do besides bars, billiards, and bowling will often require some hunting. The outdoors type of person will find that there is much to see and do around Binghamton, including everything from hiking and biking to skiing during the winter.

There is not much to say about a place when a trip to Walmart can be considered a night on the town. People who enjoy outdoor activities will enjoy what Binghamton has to offer far more than those who need the bright lights and vibrant street life of a city. No matter what activities you prefer, if you are willing to make a one-hour drive—about the time it takes to get to Syracuse, Ithaca, Cortland, and Scranton—you will find that your options increase dramatically.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Binghamton is home of six wooden carousels and is known as the carousel capital of the world.
  2. The Binghamton area was originally commanded by the Iroquois tribe who sided with the British in the Revolutionary War.
  3. Binghamton is named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant who purchased the land after the Revolutionary War. Ironically, Bingham died before he ever got a chance to visit the town that bears his name.
  4. Binghamton was home to Dr. Andral Kilmer, a noted proponent of herbal and homeopathic cures for disease.
  5. Edwin A. Link developed the first flight simulator in Binghamton for training pilots in blind flying.
Notable Natives
Rod Serling - narrator of "Twilight Zone," screenwriter, producer
Local Slang
  • Southern Tier: The area of New York State bordering Pennsylvania
  • Spiedie: Marinated chicken on a sub roll, a local treat
Points of Interest
  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park
  • Broome County Forum Theatre
  • Bundy Museum of History and Art
  • The Discovery Center
  • Gorges in Ithaca
  • Kopernik Space Education Center
  • Phelps Mansion Museum
  • Recreation Park
  • Roberson Museum and Science Center
Shopping Centers
  • Carousel Center (Syracuse)
  • Oakdale Mall
  • Town Square Mall
Movie Theaters
The Art Mission & Theater
61 Prospect Ave.
(607) 722-6914
Movie Theaters
Loews Town Square Mall Theatre
2425 Vestal Parkway E.
(607) 770-7613
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Binghamton 12
900 Front St.
(607) 724-1230
Major Sports Teams
  • Binghamton Mets: Minor league baseball
  • Binghamton Senators: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Albany, N.Y.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Ithaca, N.Y.: : 1 hour
  • New York City: : 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Syracuse, N.Y.: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
For a week every semester, local restaurants join together to participate in Restaurant Week. The local restaurants offer lunch and dinner three-course-meal specials that are $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 91 responses

  • 10% Painfully remote.
  • 25% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 23% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 37% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 91 responses

  • 34% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 47% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 19% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 90 responses

  • 66% No way.
  • 31% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% Totally.



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